Oil Monitoring Articles

  • Cannabis Oil Analysis using FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    A range of  cannabis derivatives are commercially available for purchase across the world's markets. Country-to-country, the legality of these products differs. In Europe, products that contain higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than 0.2% are generally prohibited. That said, CBD (cannabidiol) isn't restricted and is actually advertised as offering pharmaceutical ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Ask the Expert: Oil Analysis in Power Generation

    Uptime is one of the key considerations for all power generators. Electricity supply must equal demand at all times. Downtime, especially unplanned downtime, is very difficult to deal with and can be quite costly. Fortunately condition based monitoring can go a long way towards preventing unscheduled downtime and achieving ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Large City Fleet Saves $2M Using Oil Analysis to Extend Oil Drain Intervals - Case study

    Condition-based maintenance saves time and money and increases productivity A large municipality in the northwestern United States operates over 1.700 vehicles and over 3.000 pieces of motorized equipment ranging from riding lawn mowers to bulldozers Oil changes constitute a major expense. For example, the 500 heavy duty trucks in its fleet previously had their oil changed every 2,500 miles ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Analyzing Lubricant and Machinery Condition Using Q5800 Portable Oil Analysis Lab - Case study

    Overview The United States Marine Corps (USMCJ maintains a fleet of thousands of mechanized vehicles consisting of heavy equipment ranging from bulldozers to transport vehicles and armored vehicles. A decade ago, they participated in an oil analysis program as a means to determine lubricant and machinery condition with emphasis on reducing operating costs and improved equipment readiness. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • In-House Oil Analysis Lab Saves Gold Mine Millions in Downtime, Repair and Replacement Costs

    A low-grade surface mining operation depends upon huge and expensive equipment such as Hitachi 5500 shovels and Caterpillar 793 haul trucks. Oil analysis is essential to identify problems so they can be corrected before they cause equipment to go down for major repairs. In the past, a multinational mining firm sent samples to an outside lab for analysis but the cost of this approach limited the ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

    Hydraulic systems are used in industrial, mobile and aviation applications to transmit power to operate equipment. They are incredibly efficient, compact, and lightweight relative to a mechanical equivalent. Hydraulic fluids transmit force in the system, and as such are carefully chosen by the system maker. Chemical stability, high flash and fire points, viscosity, and oxidation resistance are ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • A quick guide to oil analysis for engine test applications

    Reliability testing is a very important component of new engine development. Engineers need to fully understand and chart the engine lifetime performance under a variety of conditions before mass production may be considered. Many important performance data parameters are collected in real time through the many different types of sensors that are connected to the engine in the test cell and oil ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Ferrous Wear Metal Measurement Made Easy with the FerroCheck

    Historically, one of the most cost-effective indicators of machinery health has been the analysis of ferrous debris in oil. Such analysis utilizes the ferromagnetic properties of generated debris to perform the analysis. Since nearly all wear debris contains ferrous material (in particular iron), an abnormal increase in the amount of debris can be directly correlated to abnormal machinery ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Case study - Oil analysis - House Calls - Help reduce offshore equipment failures

    A new approach It is hard to think of another environment where an equipment failure could have a greater negative impact on employee safety and lost production than an offshore oil and gas production platform. Yet offshore platforms are among the world’s most difficult locations to operate and maintain equipment. In most cases, skilled people and supplies can only reach the ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Case study - Kitsap transit avoids two engine failures in three months with on-site oil analysis

    Kitsap Transit is a public transportation agency, based in Bremerton, Washington and serving the county of Kitsap, which operates routed bus service, foot ferry service and service for elderly and disabled passengers. The agency has long been concerned with preventing engine failures and optimizing maintenance schedules for its fleet of approximately 362 pieces of equipment including transit ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices (Part 2)

    Understanding Dynamic Particle Equilibrium in Closed Loop Systems Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) is defined as a steady state condition where the normal wear rate in a machine results in no net gain or loss of particles. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices

    Obtaining a representative oil sample from a closed loop lubrication system is essential to any good oil analysis program. As oil analysis programs become more standardized for routine monitoring, especially within equipment warranty support programs, equipment makers provide more sampling points on new equipment. These ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • On-site Oil Analysis to extend oil drain intervals

    Fleets demonstrate ROI on do it yourself oil analysis “If the oil is good, why would you change it?” Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), asked ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • New Oil Analysis Handbook

    Third edition contains more How To articles and more case studies It has been more than two years since we published the first edition of the Oil Analysis Handbook. Our original goal was to compile a comprehensive reference book of common in-service oil analysis techniques to help readers understand and choose the right technique and instrumentation for their needs. Each edition brings us ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Spectro Scientific`s Third Edition Of The Oil Analysis Handbook

    It has been over two years since the publication of the first edition of Spectro Scientific’s In-Service Oil Analysis Handbook. Our goal was to compile a comprehensive reference book of common in-service oil analysis techniques to help readers understand and choose the right technique and instrumentation for their needs. In-service oil analysis for condition based maintenance covers a wide ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Ferrography Made Easy With The FerroCheck 2000

    The measurement and trending of abnormal ferrous wear debris in machinery lubrication oils is arguably the most significant indicator of machinery health and a key predictor of catastrophic machinery failure. There are several methods available to measure the ferrous content of lubrication oil. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Techniques for Soot in Oil Analysis

    Since no engine is 100% efficient, products other than carbon dioxide and water will be formed during combustion. One such product produced from incomplete combustion is soot. Soot is a mass of mainly carbon particles that are typically spherical in shape. As soot levels rise, the soot particles begin to clump together and ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Using Spectroscopy for Used Oil Analysis

    Evaluating the wear condition of equipment is a primary requirement of condition monitoring programs. Oil wetted equipment will generate wear particles throughout its lifetime, the nature and rate of the wear varies from initial ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Petroleum biomarkers as tracers of Exxon Valdez oil

    Over the past quarter century, petroleum biomarkers persisted in sequestered Exxon Valdez oil in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska, hence the oil remained identifiable. These biomarkers are molecular fossils derived from biochemicals in previously living organisms. Novel pattern matching indicated the presence of Alaska North Slope crude oil (ANSCO) over the entire observation period ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Dynamic correlations in international oil and RMB non-deliverable forwards markets

    This paper investigates dynamic between oil markets and RMB non-deliverable forwards (NDF) markets. The analysis is carried out through the dynamic conditional correlation (DCC) model of Engle and Sheppard (2001). We find that the rising of international oil price return leads to the decline of RMB nominal exchange rate return. This paper uses FDCC-MVGARCH model of the block-diagonal structure ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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